In late 1983, Charles Rice Goff III released to the public a collection of poetry, self-published as a paper-back libretto entitled: "The Faces Played With Are Saved And Spent." Goff prepared his verses on an electric typewriter and produced copies of his booklet at a photocopying service in Oakland, California. The libretto contained 32 poems, each accompanied by one of Goff's original sketches. In 2010, Goff used computer technology to create a revised edition of "The Faces Played With Are Saved And Spent." This archive contains two PDF files of the revised edition: one formatted for online reading, and one formatted for printing out and assembling into a hard-copy libretto. Printing the pages of the "print edition" back-to-back in the order that they appear (page one backed by page two, page three backed by page four, etc.) and folding them together in half will produce a hard-copy of the booklet.
The poems in this collection examine philosophy, culture, politics, and Goff's own roles as both participant and commentator. Goff uses a full pallet of word play to paint pictures of his thoughts. He describes his approach to writing poetry thus: "Each poem is a unique communicative endeavor; it's style is organic to itself. The form that a poem takes is part of its communicative quality. In the same way that every message contains its own information, every poem contains its own individual framework to help convey that unique information."
Several of the poems contained in this libretto were re-published in small press poetry collections during the mid-1980's. These subsequent publications are listed below:
San Fernando Poetry Journal, Volume VI, #4 (1984) :
"United States: A Peace Of Ships"
"Not Never Here"
Fall Poetry (Fall Supplement to Poetry Today) (1984) :
Taurus (4th Annual Thanksgiving Issue (1984) :
"Two Story Ad"
Goff acquired two Bachelor of Arts degrees in writing (Creative Writing / Journalism) from the University of California at Berkeley in 1980. He has published a wide variety of written works, audio recordings, graphic images, videos, etc. He is the founder of Taped Rugs Productions.
Copyright 1983, 2010
by Taped Rugs Productions